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Brendan Steele

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (33) / 4/5/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 175

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Overnight co-leader and World No. 55 Brendan Steele back-pedaled with a 1-under-par 33-37=70 in the third round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, dropping six places to T7 on 11-under 202, five back of 54-hole leader Byeong Hun An, who shot 65.
The 33-year-old began the third frame co-leading with An on 10-under after kicking off in 65-67. He found nine (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, but circled just three birdies against two bogeys for 1.846 putts per GIR and -0.856 SG: Putting. The Californian circled birdie-3s at Nos. 1 and 5, the latter from 30 inches and the former a 17-footer from the fringe to turn 2-under, but outpaced birdie at the par-5 13th (from 6'6") with bogey-5s at 11 (failed scramble), and 17 after hitting his tee shot to the drivable par 4 into the water. Steele missed a chance for a bounce-back at the par-4 18th (from 8'7"), the only other birdie try he had from inside of 16 feet. He did win the season-opener in Napa, coming from four back with 7-under 65 to win by one and will need something similar tomorrow. Feb 4 - 7:12 PM

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World No. 55 Brendan Steele tossed up a bogey-free 4-under-par 34-33=67 in today's second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open to reach 10-under 132, good for a share of the 36-hole clubhouse lead with Byeong Hun An. UPDATE: With play completed, Steele co-leads with An, one clear of four players, his fourth career 36-hole lead/co-lead, previously 0-for-3 converting.

The 33-year-old, who won the season-opener in Napa, was much steadier today than he was in R1. So steady in fact, he was sleepwalking on 1-under thru 14 holes, circling a lone birdie at the par-5 third (from the fringe), but awoke to card three birdies in his final four holes, including a birdie-birdie finish. The Californian landed 11 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, posting a pedestrian 1.857 putts per GIR and -0.420 SG: Putting at last glance. His second birdie-4 of the round came at 15, 2-putting from 15'2", and ended with a bang, canning a 17'9" birdie at the par-4 17th and a 14-footer for a walk-off 3.
Feb 3 - 2:54 PM

Brendan Steele roller-coastered his way to a 6-under-par 35-30=65 during the first round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, sharing a piece of second place, just one stroke behind current leader Matt Kuchar.

Steele kicked off his day on the back nine and climbed straight up the conveyor belt with four birdies and an eagle before making the turn. The eagle was not conventional as he came in the form of a 194-yard hole out at the par-4 14th. That eagle certainly helped pad his strokes gained approaching-the-green total, which ended at 3.15 as he walked off the course. After the turn, the track got choppy as he traded a three-pack of bogeys with three more birds. Steele has a trio of top-6 finishes at TPC Scottsdale already on his resume. Given the strong track record, stellar form, and great opening round, Steele is a serious contender to hoist the trophy come Sunday night.
Feb 2 - 7:32 PM

World No. 57 Brendan Steele authored a bogey-free 2-under-par 35-35=70 in today's final round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to post 16-under 272, up two places to T5 with play still in progress. UPDATE: With play completed, Steele finished in a two-way T6, four back of champion Hudson Swafford, who shot 67.

The UC-Riverside alum, runner-up in 2015, began R4 in solo 7th on 14-under after opening his seventh straight appearance in 68-64-70. He landed 11 (of 14) fairways and peppered 16 greens in regulation, posting a pedestrian 1.875 putts per GIR and a dismal -1.823 SG: Putting. The 33-year-old, who won his second TOUR title at the season-opener in Napa, circled birdies at Nos. 7 and 13, but missed three birdie tries from inside of nine feet, including a 3 foot, 7-inch whiff at the par-4 12th and an 8-footer at the par-4 18th.
Jan 22 - 5:34 PM

World No. 57 Brendan Steele battled to a 2-under-par 34-36=70 in today's third round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to reach 14-under 202, down two places on the live leaderboard to solo 6th.

The 33-year-old began the third round in a two-way T4, two back of 36-hole leader Hudson Swafford. Playing the Stadium Course, he landed nine (of 14) fairways and mustered just 11 greens in regulation, outpacing three bogeys with five birdies. The California native and resident squared the par-4 seventh, missing a par-saver from 3'10", hit his second to the par-4 10th into the water, but "saved" bogey from 26'4", and took bogey-4 at 13 (failed scramble). His birdies came at 1 (19'4"), 5 and 8, and then finished birdie-birdie from 12'10" and 10'3", respectively.
Jan 21 - 5:09 PM

Brendan Steele fired the low round of the day while taking on the Nicklaus Tournament Course in round two of the CareerBuilder Challenge, signing for a bogey-free, 8-under-par 32-32=64 to reach 12-under 132 on the week, placing him two strokes off the pace set by Hudson Swafford.

The SoCal native is taking full advantage of his local knowledge of the California desert. Steele was firing from the get-go, rolling in back-to-back birdies at the 10th and 11th to open his round. Tee-to-green, he didn't impress with just 12 greens in regulation, but his putting was superb to help him go 6-for-6 scrambling. Steele needed just 21 putts to make his way around the Nicklaus Tournament Course, a nine-putt improvement day-over-day. Perhaps adding to his confidence this week, Steele already has a win in California this season (Safeway Open). He had to battle the rain that week, as well. This round goes in the books as his lowest round of the new campaign, previously posting a 65 in R4 of that previously mentioned Safeway Open win.
Jan 20 - 4:44 PM

World No. 60 Brendan Steele battled to a 2-under-par 37-34=71 in the final round of the SBS Tournament of Champions to wrap up his second appearance on 15-under 277, good for a three-way T6, seven adrift of overnight leader and champion Justin Thomas.

The 33-year-old, who finished 25th (of 27 players) on debut in 2012, forged his second top 10 of the season in four events to go along with his 1-shot win at the season-opener in Napa. He began the final round in solo 6th, five back, and circled five birdies against three bogeys on 10 (of 15) fairways and 15 greens in regulation. Steele gained 1.441 strokes approaching the green, but lost 0.781 with the flat stick, posting a disappointing 1.933 putts per GIR. He 3-putted the first and seventh for bogey-5s, but did bang home a 41-footer for birdie-3 at the 13th. For the week, the Californian totaled one eagle and 19 birdies against six bogeys.
Jan 8 - 9:04 PM

World No. 60 Brendan Steele authored a bogey-free, 6-under-par 32-35=67 in the third round of the SBS Tournament of Champions for a three-day tally of 13-under 206, up five spots to T6 with play still in progress.

The 33-year-old found just seven (of 15) fairways but carved out 14 greens in regulation, gaining 1.594 strokes approaching the green at the time he signed his card. Three of his six birdies were one-putt versions from between seven and 12 feet, adding three, two-putt birdie-4s at Nos. 5, 9 and 15. All told, the Cal-Riverside alum posted 1.786 putts per GIR and after opening with an indifferent three-birdie, two-bogey 72, carded his second straight 67.
Jan 7 - 7:29 PM

Brendan Steele torched The Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort in the second round of the SBS Tournament of Chamions, posting a 6-under-par 32-35=67 to reach 7-under 139 on the week.

The slender Steele found just eight fairways today but still managed 14 greens in regulation and didn't get penalized too much by his misses. The lone blemish came at the par-4 17th when he came up short of the green and then failed to make a 9'11" par-saving attempt. That was following up a birdie at the par-4 16th and an eagle at the par-5 15th (11'6" putt). The eagle splash was one of four putts converted from outside nine feet today, gaining 2.155 strokes putting as he walked off the course. At the moment, Steele is three strokes off the live lead, but that margin will surely increase as the leaders finish up their rounds.
Jan 6 - 8:10 PM

World No. 60 Brendan Steele ranks 5th in the FedExCup standings with a win at the Safeway Open, T26 at the no-cut CIMB Classic, and has been idle since a T31 at the Shriners eight weeks ago (68-71-67-68).

At the season-opening Safeway in Napa, the California-Riverside alum erased a four-shot deficit in the final round with an eight-birdie, 7-under 65, circling his final three holes to nip 54-hole leader Patton Kizzire by one. It was his second PGA TOUR title in his 153rd career start, joining his maiden win (141 starts prior) at the 2011 Valero Texas Open, which he won as the 54-hole leader during his rookie campaign. Last season, the 33-year-old finished 63rd in the FEC standings going 19-for-25 with 11 tops 25s but just two top 10s. In 84 rounds, he led or co-led after seven rounds, including 54-hole leads/co-leads two times, (Frys.com and CIMB), posting a season-best T3 at the latter.
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 11:44:00 AM

Last week's Safeway Open champion Brendan Steele snowballed his solid play into an opening round 5-under-par 33-34=67 at the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Steele opened on the back nine and got the scoring started right away, picking off back-to-back birds at the par-4 10th and par-3 11th. His lone hiccup of the round came at the par-4 13th where he swallowed a bogey but he bounced back immediately with a circle at the par-4 14th before sprinkling three addition birdies on his inward nine. Steele posted a T3 at this venue last year and is sticking to the same script so far as he opened with a 5-under 67 last year, as well. It's always intriguing to watch how golfers respond after a victory and Steele is showing no signs of slowing down just yet.
Thu, Oct 20, 2016 06:51:00 AM

Brendan Steele, a pre-tourney 40/1 outright, erased a four-shot deficit at the Safeway Open with a final-round 7-under-par 32-33=65, birdieing his final three holes in Napa to clip 54-hole leader Patton Kizzire by one with a winning 72-hole aggregate of 18-under 270.

The California native and resident led after each of the first three rounds here last year and carried a one-shot lead into the finale before a closing 76 left him T17. Making his sixth straight appearance, he began the final round this year in a two-way T6 on 11-under, four shy of Kizzire, after posting opening laps of 67-71-67. The 33-year-old sandwiched a lone bogey-5 at the 12th (3-putt from 39'1") with eight birdies en route to his second PGA TOUR title in his 153rd career start, joining his maiden win at the 2011 Valero Texas Open, which he won as the 54-hole leader. The UC-Riverside alum circled his eight on 14 greens in regulation, posting a tidy 1.571 putts per GIR and 3.340 in SG: Putting. His split featured six conversions from inside of nine feet with a long of 27'9" at the par-3 seventh, adding an 18'0" birdie-3 at the 17th. With the win, Steele earns a host of goodies, highlighted by a second visit to the Masters (2012).
Sun, Oct 16, 2016 09:21:00 PM

Brendan Steele authored a 5-under-par 34-33=67 in the third round of the Safeway Open to reach the three-quarter mark on 11-under 205, up 10 places to T6 with play still in progress.

The California native and resident is making his sixth straight appearance at Silverado Resort. He led after each of the first three rounds last year before a closing 4-over 76 left him T17. The 33-year-old began the third frame on 6-under (T16) after opening in 67-71. He bogeyed the par-4 fourth but played his final 14 holes in blemish-free 6-under, circling birdies on holes 5, 8-10, 12 and 14. The UC-Riverside alum mustered seven (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation, with 2.172 in strokes gained: Approach-the-Green contributing to 2.729 strokes gained: Tee-to-Green. He gained 1.296 strokes with the flat stick with his longest conversion dropping from 36 feet at the par-4 12th, though he did whiff a 4'9" eagle try at the par-5 fifth, settling for a 2-putt birdie.
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 08:39:00 PM

Brendan Steele is searching for a big finish this week at Crooked Stick Golf Club as he preps for this week's BMW Championship.

Steele enters the week ranked 54th in the FedExCup race, in need of a giant leap to find his way inside the top 30 needed to qualify for the TOUR Championship on September 22nd. Unfortunately, he'll be coming in blind this week, as he failed to qualify for the FEC Playoffs in 2012 when Crooked Stick last hosted. On the bright side he ranks 20th on TOUR in driving distance which will certainly help his case this week on a track that stretches out past 7,500 yards. So far he's grabbed a T22 at The Barclays and a 72nd-place finish at the Deutsche Bank Championship to open up the Playoffs this year.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Tue, Sep 6, 2016 03:07:00 PM

Brendan Steele enjoyed a 6-under-par 33-31=64 in the final round of the Travelers Championship to post 8-under 272, up 45 places to T12 with play still in progress.

The 33-year-old began the final frame on 2-under (T56) after opening his sixth appearance in 70-69 (made cut on the number), and added a 69 in R3. He found 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation, posting 1.571 putts per GIR and 1.930 SG: Putting at the time he signed his card. The University of California-Riverside alum squared a lone bogey on the par-4 seventh (failed scramble) and circled seven birdies, including three straight on holes 10-12, the latter two dropping from 17'4" and 24'2", respectively.
Sun, Aug 7, 2016 01:36:00 PM